With LA just an hour away, I decided to feed my travel bug with a day trip to Venice Beach. Having only been there once in the winter, I was excited to see Venice on a summer day, in all its glory.
What is truly unique and recommendation worthy about Venice in comparison to other California beach cities, such as Newport or Huntington, is the liberal, hippie spirit. Venice beach is truly a place for everyone, for locals, tourists, foodies, artists, athletes, and even a sweet and creative homeless population. You can eat, swim, shop, tan or if your feeling adventurous, $30 will get you a legal prescription for marijuana right there on the boardwalk.
For those who love food but are on a budget like me, Venice has a large variety of delicious and affordable options. My favorite is to venture right off the boardwalk onto Westminster Avenue, where you will find a side street with a sort of international outdoor food court. For around $2-$8 you can score some fresh and incredible Mexican, Indian, Asian, or Middle Eastern fare.